BBC News: Small is beautiful
Jul 11, 2000, 20:31 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Ward)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"An entire online furniture store and a tiny art museum have
become winners of a competition to create webpages only five
kilobytes in size. ... The 5K competition is one example of an
emerging trend towards the creation of parsimonious programs and a
backlash against bloated software."
"Bloat is bad
But it is not just in webpage design that the benefits of economy
and creativity are being championed. One of the reasons that
software such as Linux is proving popular is because programmers
and companies are tired of over-engineered programs that crash
repeatedly and hog resources."
"Veteran programmer Rick Downes runs the Bloatbusters website
that takes apart badly written programs and shows what they are
doing wrong. ... Mr Downes has created a version of the Windows
Explorer program that is only 26 kilobytes in size... But, he says,
consumers are increasingly sensitive to bloat and fewer and fewer
people are happy to accept what they are given."